whole wheat raspberry rhubarb scones

i started this recipe with an hour left before i had to walk out the door for improv practice.  we had just gone berry picking that morning at underwood farms, so there was a pound plus of fresh raspberries staring me down, with a few ants still crawling on them and juice already leaking from the container.  the farm also had a small market where i spotted rhubarb for the first time, so i grabbed it without even knowing how to prepare it, but browsing... Read More

peach caprese

while i love tomatoes, i’ve become spoiled by working for organic tomato farmers the past two summers.  their tomatoes have the most amazing smooth and velvety texture with these incredibly unique flavors in each variety.  most of them are heirlooms and i’ve learned those suckers absolutely will not grow outside of their very specific season (roughly july to mid-august).  if you find tomatoes at the farmers’ market other times... Read More

dutch baby with berries and honey yogurt cream

i kept seeing recipes for dutch babies all over the internet, but it was the version on orangette that made me finally bite the bullet and try out this buttery, over-sized pancake – and boy am i glad i did. eggs make up for most of the batter, so it’s low in flour and has no sugar, which cause parts of the baby to resemble a light omelet or eggy crepe while the edges are so crispy they are nearly croissant-like.  traditionally dutch babies... Read More

spring veggie frittata

i used to make a lot of quiches because they are really easy to make ahead of time for lunch leftovers and are a perfect catch-all for any veggies i have in your fridge.  but i realized that a frittata is basically a quiche without the crust – even lighter and easier to whip up! i made this one with a slew of spring veggies, a little of everything that has just popped up at the market in the past few months, but most of which will be around... Read More

bok choy coleslaw

the beginning of the grilling season has pulled us outdoors and commanded we try to grill anything we can.  but to go along with the charbroiled treats, i’ve been quite a fiend for coleslaws and tasty raw salads which clear the palate nicely.  i usually skip the mayo, using oil, lemon juice and honey for flavor instead. because i sometimes find it tough to find the standard cabbage in the spring and summer, i have found myself searching for... Read More

rainier cherry and goat cheese tart – for slack lust

the wonderful people over at slack lust have featured a recipe of mine for their most recent issue!  check out my recipe for rainier cherry and goat cheese tart (otherwise known as “tarty for the party”) for their real housewives theme this month.  Read More

roasted rainbow heirloom carrots with pesto

when these beautiful spring carrots showed up at the farmers’ market i was unsure how to showcase them.  i eat a lot of carrots but they are rarely the star of the recipe, so i needed to find a special way to highlight these beautiful shades all on their own. i first got the idea for roasting and tossing with pesto from the gastrobus at the los feliz farmers’ market.  they serve an organic “tapas-style” brunch every sunday... Read More

lemon curd with brooks cherries

i get nearly all my fruit from sweet tree farms. they sell next to us at the silverlake farmers’ market so we often trade veggies for fruits, and they have the most incredible stuff.  it’s all organic and in the summertime their stand it overflowing with all sorts of types of stone fruit – plums, cherries, pluots, apricots, peaches and nectarines!  the first cherries of the season were big, plump and very sweet; and apparently... Read More

roasted zucchini and fresh rosemary soup

when zucchini first appeared at the farmers market again this year – after a long an cold winter filled with endless root vegetables, oranges and kale – i literally squealed with glee.  for some reason i could care less about summer squash all of last year, but as soon as they went out of season i got some serious cravings that lasted all winter. i know zucchinis and all other summer squashes can be pretty neutral, but i think it’s... Read More

chamomile lemonade

have you ever come across fresh chamomile at the farmers’ market?  i love loose chamomile tea but the fresh stuff is even better, just like how fresh mint tea is so much better than the dried version. i found bunches of fresh chamomile at a stand in the hollywood farmers’ market, but with this warm weather i don’t feel like brewing hot tea.  and since i’ve been obsessed with different flavors of lemonade, i instantly thought... Read More